Become a Facilitator
About the IWC’s Educational Programme
The Irish Writers Centre, based on 19 Parnell Square, Dublin, is the national resource centre for Irish literature. Its mission is to support and promote writers at all stages of their development. As a part of that mission it offers a diverse programme of writing courses, workshops and seminars led by established writers across a range of genres and forms, including fiction, poetry, script-writing, journalism, publishing, editing and more. It also offers professional development courses and seminars that would benefit writers in the development of their career. These include publishing days and courses in related and connected fields of expertise that might help writers produce an alternative stream of income. The Irish Writers Centre has also recently rolled out a programme of one-to-one mentoring. We run evening courses from five- to twenty-weeks long. We also run one-, two-, and three-day courses – usually over consecutive Saturdays. We run week-long courses (Mon–Fri) during summer months, and we run courses mid-week daytime depending on demand. However, we are not limited to these timeframes.
Who We’re Looking For
The Irish Writers Centre is looking to expand its panel of creative writers and industry professionals who would be available to deliver creative writing and professional development courses. We are looking for writers with a strong public profile and strong readership who might attract new audiences to the Irish Writers Centre. We are also looking for industry professionals who are leaders in their field of expertise and who can impart valuable knowledge and skills to writers.
- You might be a writer or professional with a strong public profile and following who wishes to facilitate a course similar to the courses that we currently run.
- You might be a writer with an original idea for a course that we don’t currently offer at the IWC or that isn’t currently being offered in Ireland, and who has the unique skills set to deliver this course.
- You might be a writer or editor with a number of years of experience mentoring other writers or offering one-to-one manuscript assessment or development
- You might be an industry professional who could deliver a course that would benefit creative writers in their career, or might be interested in appearing as a seminar leader or panellist on one of our professional development or publishing days.
Bear in mind that the success of a course depends on many factors: the public profile and following of the facilitating author; how active the facilitator is in the promotion of their course; the cost of a course; the time of the day, week, or year that a course is being offered; whether other organizations are offering a similar course in Dublin or Ireland; the number of writers or practitioners working in or interested in a particular field / genre.
The IWC give consideration to its Professional Members or to people who can show that they meet the professional membership criteria.
Get In Touch
If you are interested in joining our panel, please contact us by email by:
1. Putting ‘Facilitator available’ in the subject line
2. Indicate what kind of work you’re interested in: creative writing facilitator, mentor or industry professional
3. If you have a specific idea for a course, provide a basic outline (no more than 200 words) with reference to: suggested course title; how long it would run (one-day, 10-week, etc.); what time of year it might run; who the course is aimed at; and a short course outline.
4. Send us a relevant web link (e.g. your website or Wikipedia) or attach further information by way of a CV which would give us a sense of your publication history, public profile, and readership.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that the IWC hires writers and professionals on a one-off contract basis only. Writers on contract are not employees of the Irish Writers Centre. Selection to run a course in one programme does not infer selection for future programmes.